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Old 07-23-2002, 02:38 PM   #1
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A linux book, for a newbie

Which one is best?
Old 07-23-2002, 02:49 PM   #2
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naba barkakati: pens good books.

redhat linux weekend crash course
Old 07-23-2002, 02:51 PM   #3
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Old 07-23-2002, 03:11 PM   #4
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Most stuff by o'reilly with linux in the title will be good quality. 'Learning Linux' or if you're familiar with computers, 'Running Linux'. I got good mileage out of both.

Yes they are a little expensive. But your OS was free (if you downloaded it). This time though you're investing in your own mental capital (and an open source advocate publisher) instead of lining the pocket of some sta-pressed bankroller in Redmond.

It works like this - there is such a thing as a free lunch. Good Linux books will tell you all about it.

Old 07-23-2002, 03:27 PM   #5
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I agree with Bert. My first book was Linux for Dummies by IDG books & I soon found that I needed something more, so I picked up Linux in a nutshell by O'Reilly. It was well worth the money since then I've picked up several more O'Reilly books. They're worth the investment.

Also check out

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While O'Reilly books can make a good library, they're not for everyone.

Red Hat Linux 7.3 Bible with CD's is what I'd recommend.
Old 07-23-2002, 04:08 PM   #7
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I'll agree that O'Reilly prints good books. Their site is also a wealth of information. But I really like the book in my post above.

Also, though it's growing dated, RH Linux 7 Server by Mohammed J. Kabir is really nice when setting up a server.
Old 07-25-2002, 09:10 AM   #8
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Don't need books...

You don't need books...this site has it all!

Old 07-25-2002, 10:07 AM   #9
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Linux Systems Administration

ISBN: 0-201-71934-7

This book has a sampling of everything, it explains file systems, user maintenence, backup/recovery, setting up services and best of all it is non-distribution specific. This book has been extremly helpful to me, but so wasn't the RH Systems Admin course that I took... :-)

The best way to learn is to break your system and have to fix it...
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Old 07-26-2002, 08:48 AM   #11
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Far and away the best book is the "Linux Administration Handbook" by Evi Nemeth,Garth Snyder, and Trent R. Hein. This book is a must have.


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